Getting to Know Collin Clay: Exclusive with First-Year Hog from OKC

Sports

Part 1: Sit-Down Interview with Hog Newcomer Collin Clay

Oklahoma City, OK-

The following is part one of our feature on first-year Hog Collin Clay, one of the highest ranked signees in Arkansas’ 2019 Class. Clay had some other SEC Schools in the mix like Florida, Georgia, and Missouri, but chose Arkansas.

This the first in our series on Hog Newcomers:


Collin Clay
Lifting I feel like I’m good with, but the main thing I stress is conditioning, because that is the main thing, it’s in the SEC.
Drew Amman
Clay doesn’t just bring talent to be disruptive up front.
What do you like most about playing that position?
Clay
It’s leadership, being vocal that’s just what I have to do and just bringing great height and size, playing defense geting to the QB, what’s better
than being able to hit people, just being able to make plays.
Drew
A top five recruit in Oklahoma out of Putnam City High School, Clay is the second defensive end out of Oklahoma signed by Morris
since the Head Hog arrived on the Hill in December 2017.
What was the process like before you decided to choose Arkansas?
Clay
The coaches gave me love every day, I called Coach Caldwell,
I can here them all in the meeting room just running around and laughing, so it was a pretty good day.
Drew
In national rankings out of high school, Clay is a top 20 player at his position. To fully explain his journey to becoming a major
division one prospect you have to go back to family dynamics.
After getting married, Clay’s parents had a son, then when she was pregnant again with Collin, Collin’s parents broke up and moved apart. Rob headed
for Jacksonville. Verdalette and her two sons live with her Mom in North Carolina.
Clay
I was living in Charlotte North Carolina and when I was there, that was when my temper was kinda like iffy ’cause I was just that kid, when somebody looked
at me crazy I was ready to say something.
Drew
Collin and Rob spoke when Collin was four or five years old, but never in person, until about six years ago.
Collin
Summer of 2013 I decided to come here, me and my brother walked through the airport and we see this big dude with a sign saying welcome home, and so
automatically we knew that was him and I was like there he goes right there. So we walked up hugged him and everything, so it was just a good moment
sharing that with him ’cause it’s been so long.
Drew
For a guy like Clay who some recruiting experts think can be an All-American if he reaches his full potential, it’s important to rewind
to his middle school days when he battled asthma. By his freshman year, he had that under control, along with his temper and Rob played a big role in the changes.
Clay
I would sit there late at night like do I really wanna play football, but then I moved middle schools in eighth grade and I kinda started getting in more
shape and my asthma slowly started fading away.
Drew
6’4 255 when he committed, Clay is now up to six five, 261.
Clay
I could play either end or tackle, but just me gaining that weight, and it’s not bad weight, muscle and stuff,
I could play either or on the line.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Pig Trail Video

Hog Football Stats

Pig Trail Nation Videos

Morris on First Down Efficiency

Thumbnail for the video titled "Morris on First Down Efficiency"

Women Wednesday- Danyelle Musselman Pt 2. More Than A Basketball Wife

Thumbnail for the video titled "Women Wednesday- Danyelle Musselman Pt 2. More Than A Basketball Wife"

PTN's "Ask Mike" segment 9-16-19

Thumbnail for the video titled "PTN's "Ask Mike" segment 9-16-19"

Joe Craddock - Pre San Jose State Presser 9-16-19

Thumbnail for the video titled "Joe Craddock - Pre San Jose State Presser 9-16-19"

John Chavis - Pre San Jose St. Press Conference 9-16-19

Thumbnail for the video titled "John Chavis  - Pre San Jose St. Press Conference 9-16-19"

Chad Morris - Pre San Jose St. Press Conference 9-16-19

Thumbnail for the video titled "Chad Morris - Pre San Jose St. Press Conference 9-16-19"

Arkansas Soccer Upsets Top Ranked North Carolina - Pig Trail Show In Studio Interview with Colby Hale and Katie Lund

Thumbnail for the video titled "Arkansas Soccer Upsets Top Ranked North Carolina - Pig Trail Show In Studio Interview with Colby Hale and Katie Lund"

PTN - Football Recruiting Report with Otis Kirk 9-15-19

Thumbnail for the video titled "PTN - Football Recruiting Report with Otis Kirk 9-15-19"

PTN - Hoops Recruiting Report with Kevin McPherson 9-15-19

Thumbnail for the video titled "PTN - Hoops Recruiting Report with Kevin McPherson 9-15-19"

Pig Trail Nation Game Day- Mataio Soli

Thumbnail for the video titled "Pig Trail Nation Game Day- Mataio Soli"

Pig Trail Nation Game Day- Team Score Predictions

Thumbnail for the video titled "Pig Trail Nation Game Day- Team Score Predictions"

Pig Trail Nation Game Day- SnoutOut Segment with Ron Rainey

Thumbnail for the video titled "Pig Trail Nation Game Day- SnoutOut Segment with Ron Rainey"

Football Moms: Adrienne Curl

Thumbnail for the video titled "Football Moms: Adrienne Curl"

Pig Trail Nation Game Day- Hall Of Honor Inductees

Thumbnail for the video titled "Pig Trail Nation Game Day- Hall Of Honor Inductees"

Pig Trail Nation Game Day- Get To Know Nick Starkel

Thumbnail for the video titled "Pig Trail Nation Game Day- Get To Know Nick Starkel"

Morris on the Arkansas Run Game

Thumbnail for the video titled "Morris on the Arkansas Run Game"

Craddock on Run Game

Thumbnail for the video titled "Craddock on Run Game"

Eric Musselman talks Barnhill Red-White game, New Staff & Schedule

Thumbnail for the video titled "Eric Musselman talks Barnhill Red-White game, New Staff & Schedule"

Women Wednesday: Get To Know Danyelle Musselman Pt. 1

Thumbnail for the video titled "Women Wednesday: Get To Know Danyelle Musselman Pt. 1"

Diamond Hogs Set For Two Exhibition Games with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State

Thumbnail for the video titled "Diamond Hogs Set For Two Exhibition Games with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State"

Trending Stories

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss